AGP breaks alliance with BJP over Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016


"Today, we burnt copies of the bill and hoisted black flags in different towns and sub-divisions of Assam as a mark of protest".

A meeting of the AGP was held in Guwahati on Friday on the issue and it was decided that if the Bill is passed in Lok Sabha, "we will withdraw support to the government in the state", Mahanta said earlier in the day. "Assam alone should not have to bear the entire burden", he said.

Calling the bill an attempt to make illegal migrants eligible for Indian citizenship on the basis of religion, Chief Minister Zoramthanga has said the Mizo National Front (MNF) had been opposing the bill from the very beginning.

"Six tribal youths while demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill turned violent at Madhab Bari in western Tripura". "The Citizenship Bill is an atonement of the wrong that was done during India's partition". In Dehi Trinamool Congress MPs staged a protest in Parliament against the Citizenship Bill.

"We will oppose the Bill in a bigger way now".

However a senior BJP Minister in that regard said, "We have to follow the court's order and ensure that there is no bandh", It was also mandated that "all shops and business establishments should remain open while government employees must report for their duties or else it will be treated as a contempt of court".

Three AGP ministers in the state cabinet - Bora (agriculture), Keshab Mahanta (water resources) and Phanibhushan Choudhury (food and civil supplies) - will tender their resignations and complete the other related formalities on Wednesday, the party chief said. "The State has since India's independence absorbed waves of migrants from present day Bangladesh and can no longer do so", AGP president Atul Bora said after returning from New Delhi on Tuesday morning.

It referred to the understanding arrived at prior to the Assam Assembly election, 2016, and said the AGP had chose to go for the alliance during a discussion with the BJP in New Delhi on "the basis of clear understanding of the Assam Accord, other major issues of Assam, including the seat adjustments".

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India's lower house of Parliament approved a bill Tuesday that would grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslims who entered India illegally, allegedly after fleeing persecution in several neighboring nations, despite protests against the legislation in the populous northeast that brought the region to a near standstill.

The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian nationality to people belonging to minority communities - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians - in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12, even if they don't possess any proper document.

"We have identified the stone pelters by seeing video footage and they will be booked soon", Assam police official Surjeet Singh Panesar said.

The constitutional amendment bill to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections in the general category has been tabled in Lok Sabha.

"We tried our best to convince the Modi government not to pursue the Bill that goes against the constitutional provisions, besides being potentially risky for the indigenous people of Assam".

Bora said the AGP is thankful to the parties who supported it and opposed the bill.

NESO advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that the Centre and the BJP had forced them to call the bandh.